Eshima Ohashi Bridge





Often considered the scariest bridge in the world, the spectacular Eshima Ohashi Bridge is located in western Japan.  Construction began in 1997 with the intention of connecting the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, which are located on opposite sides of Nakaumi Lake, and was completed in 2004.  The bridge appears to soar straight into the sky and down again, earning its nickname of the Roller Coaster Bridge.


A two-lane concrete road, the 1.44 km long bridge is the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.  It has a gradient of 6.1% on the Matsue side and 5.1% on the Sakaiminato side, allowing ships to pass underneath it.


Photos taken while directly facing the bridge make it appear far steeper than it actually is.  In fact, cars ascend and descend somewhat gradually, and its high fences result in the bridge being less scary to drive on than to look at.  While at first glance you might decide you do not want to drive on it in severe weather, engineers designed the drainage system well enough to provide the necessary traction.



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